National Insurance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Pensions and National Insurance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames 12:00 am, 14th November 1960

I have great sympathy with this class of person and I have been into this question more than once—of my own initiative and at the suggestion of hon. Members. However, I am bound to say that I can see no answer to the argument which originally determined the shaping of the 1946 Act, namely, that people who had already reached the age at which the contingency to be insured against had arisen could not properly be brought into an insurance scheme. That was so at the time of the original decision fourteen years ago, and it is an unanswerable difficulty. As the hon. Gentleman knows, subject to a test of means, such people are elegible for National Assistance, and the National Assistance Board deals particularly carefully and sympathetically with these older people.